Plan a route here

Hegyestű Geotope

· 2 reviews · Geotope · Balaton (Plattensee)
Responsible for this content
Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Hegyestű Geotope
    / Hegyestű Geotope
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Hegyestű Geotope
  • / Hegyestű Geotope
    Photo: Péter Farkas
  • / Hegyestű Geotope
    Video: 235 A I R

A former basalt mine pit on a volcanic butte between Monoszló and Zánka transfromed into a geotope and visitor centre.

Observed from Balaton Hegyestű shows its natural conic shape, however, its northern side was stripped off while mining for basalt. The 50-meter high pit wall displays columns of solidified basalt lava pentagonal and hexagonal in cross-section, which got stuck in the vent millions of years ago. Past volcanic activity less resistant rock was worn away by weathering and erosion while basalt caprock was left standing isolated. This is how other signature buttes of Balaton Uplands were formed too.

The mine was closed in 1970 and today it serves as a geotope. The western rim of the mine pit offers one of the most beautiful views over Káli Basin. Beside the lake you can see hills of Fonyód on the other side and buttes such as Badacsony, Gulács, Csobánc, Fekete-hegy and Boncsos-tető as well as Keszthelyi-hegység in the west. 

Basalt exploited at the upper the middle pit benches was crushed on the pit floor with the site buildings. One of them is home to an exhibition displaying natural values and geological features of Balaton Uplands National Park, geological history of Hegyestű as well as the history of basalt mining. The outdoor stone park features a selection of rocks typical in the Transdanubian region.

Various gifts and brochures are available in the visitor centre.


Sights nearby: 

  • Monoszló, medieval church - tympanum with the Tree of Life relief over the southern door
  • Herb Valley (Gyógynövény-völgy), Visitor and Educational Centre, Zánka
  • Ruins of Almád Monastery, Monostorapáti
  • Nagyvázsony
  • Tihany

Open from

Check website for opening hours.


Check website for prices. User
Katalin Sarkadi
Updated: June 16, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off the coach (Tapolca - Zánka - Köveskál line) at "Monoszló, kultúrház".
  • Get off the train (Székesfehérvár - Tapolca line) at "Zánka-Köveskál".

Getting there

  • From the bus stop head southwest and follow the Yellow (S) markers along Fő Street. Past around 1.6 km turn right onto the Blue ▲ (K▲) trail to get to the geotop (2 km).
  • From the train stop head southwest along Vérkúti Street and follow the Yellow (S) markers. Past around 4.3 km turn left onto the Blue ▲ (K▲) spur trail to get to the geotop (4.5 km).


  • Hegyestű Geotop is accessible on a paved road branching off the road connecting Zánka and Monoszló.
  • Parking at the geotop (fee included in the entrance fee).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Routes through this place

Multistage route Fjällräven Vándortúra 2019  ›
75.2 km
20:31 h
1314 m
1352 m
19.7 km
6:00 h
655 m
464 m
Show in map

Nearby Points of Interest

 These suggestions were created automatically.

Questions & Answers

Ask the first question

Got questions regarding this content? Ask them here.


Andi V
May 19, 2020 · Community
Egyedülálló és különleges
show more
Photo: Andi V, Közösség
Photo: Andi V, Közösség
Photo: Andi V, Közösség

Photos from others

Hegyestű Geotope

8273 Monoszló
Phone +36 87 555 292

Special features

Place to visit Families
  • 2D 3D
  • Contents
  • New Point
  • Show images Hide images
  • 2 Routes nearby
Long Distance Hiking · Balaton-felvidék és kismedencék

Fjällräven Vándortúra 2019

May 21, 2019
moderate Multistage route
75.2 km
20:31 h
1314 m
1352 m
Öt nap élménytúrázás a Balaton-felvidék legszebb tájain – ez az idei Fjällräven Vándortúra lényege, ha néhány szóban akarnánk összefoglalni.
from Zsuzsa Lévai,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Balaton-felvidék és kismedencék

Fjällräven Vándortúra, 2019 - 1. nap

May 14, 2019
moderate Stage 1
19.7 km
6:00 h
655 m
464 m
A nomád vándortúra első napján az indulók Zánkától Mencshelyig jutnak el, kisebb-nagyobb hegyek megmászásán keresztül, de fantasztikus panorámák ...
from Zsuzsa Lévai,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • 2 Routes nearby